Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Ronaldo delivers again as Portugal down Morocco

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Angelica Greene | 21 June, 2018, 04:30

Juventus's Medhi Benatia also spurned a good chance for Herve Renard's side to pull level but Portugal did enough to hold on for the win, albeit without winning any hearts and minds.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's dramatic 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday to match Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas as Europe's record top scorer with 84 goals.

Morocco, who had a real go at the Luzhniki Stadium but failed to convert their chances, are pointless having also lost 1-0 to Iran and can not progress to the second round.

Ronaldo blazed over from 15 yards after a quick free-kick caught Morocco out, Guedes's miscued attempt rolling invitingly to the five-time world player of the year.

The result was harsh on Morocco, as was their loss against Iran in their opening game, but it reflected their difficulty producing the telling final ball, despite so much good work in the other two thirds of the pitch.

A crude lunge from Benatia on Ronaldo left the Portugal skipper writhing around in pain, while Morocco felt aggrieved when Nordin Amrabat was hauled down by Guerreiro as he muscled his way into the area.

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Spain squeezed past dogged Iran in their World Cup Group B encounter thanks to a fortuitous goal from Diego Costa, but the Europeans suffered a string of second-half scares.

The most important thing for our team is for Cristiano Ronaldo to be well.

The goal woke Morocco out of their slumber and they quickly came to dominate the first half.

Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk isn't ruling out changes to face a World Cup opponent he rates as a better team unit than France.

If the Socceroos lose, they will exit Russian Federation after the group stage regardless of the outcome of their final game against Peru next Tuesday. It was a surpknew at the start because they were so strong.

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